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Public lecture – Journeys into Space Science: Opportunities for Innovation

13 March 2017
17:30 - 18:00

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa (US Embassy) cordially invite you to a public lecture on Journeys into Space Science: Opportunities for Innovation by Mr Jim Adams, retired Deputy Chief Technologist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Date:    Monday, 13 March 2017

Time:    17:30 for 18:00 (followed by light refreshments)

Venue:    Albert Luthuli Auditorium, National Research Foundation, Meiring Naudé Street, Brummeria, Pretoria

RSVP:    Please click here to confirm your attendance

About Mr Jim Adams

Jim Adams, retired Deputy Chief Technologist for NASA, managed the entire NASA Planetary Science portfolio from 2007 to 2012, enabling the exploration of Mercury, the Moon, Mars, the asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto.  He also ran NASA’s Innovation Office, an enterprise designed to incubate new ideas to continue NASA’s leadership role in space exploration. This included a unique Public-Private Partnership that sought out the most promising entrepreneurs from around the globe.

He has worked on over two-dozen successful currently operating space missions, received 3 NASA medals recognising exceptional service and leadership including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal.  Mr Adams holds a B.S. in Physics from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University in Villanova, PA.

A gifted storyteller, Mr Adams engages the curiosity and imagination of his audiences, and inspires emerging scientists and entrepreneurs to think creatively and inventively.


17:30                Arrival and Registration

18:00                Welcome and Introduction – US Embassy

18:05                Lecture – Mr Jim Adams

18:30                Questions and Discussions

19:00                Closure and Word of Thanks – ASSAf

19:05                Refreshments and Networking